Union Construction Sites Found Safer Than Non-Union Sites

13 Jul, 2022
By: Donald W Fohrman

Unionized construction workers in at least one major US city are significantly safer than non-union workers, according to an analysis of Occupational Safety And Health Administration data.

The analysis by the New York Committee for Health (NYCOSH), showed that OSHA inspectors found 76% of the unionized city construction sites examined over one seven month period to have safety violations, compared with 88% of non-union sites.

Additionally, the majority of construction-related deaths in the city during 1997 – – 13 of 20 – – were at non-union projects, the analysis showed.

The preliminary analysis of the OSHA inspection results was reported in the NYCOSH Rep newsletter

Category: Immigrant Labor

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After completing law school Donald became an assistant Attorney General for 7 years and was assigned to the Industrial Commission Division. During that time he spent evenings establishing his own firm. Donald became a founding partner of a large workers’ compensation/personal injury firm but decided to leave the firm in 1990 to start a smaller “boutique” firm with the belief that bigger isn’t always better!
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